Originally Posted by WhiteSled
yea, like tapping into the knock wires and then running the signal out of your aux port on your radio. Speaking of which, try that and please report your finding about running advanced timing during partial throttle, light curise conditions. Im serious about this, so check it out yourself, you might change your mind about adding timing there.
Close, but not exactly.
Knock sensors often time pick up noise that is just induced by the engine itself but it's not necessarily engine knock.
Yes there is a slight amount of electrical noise, but car manufacturers, especially higher end cars are becoming better and better with their wiring systems and computer systems to minimize noise.
Increasing timing advance in partial throttle or cruising conditions by a small amount is not going to cause damage to the motor as long as it's done diligently. The reason most car companies cannot just add more timing is because of emissions and NOx increase. When timing is increased NOx is increased and make the car perform poorly from an emission standpoint.
Increasing timing by a few degrees in cruising conditions will improve fuel economy and also lower the EGT's.